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5.0 out of 5 stars If you hated this movie..., June 13, 2012
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CONGRATULATIONS! That was the point.

Funny Games, if you've never seen this the first thing you probably noticed about it was the overwhelming amount of negative reviews which is why I would say Funny Games is less a movie and more of an experience to torture the audience as much as the victims are tortured. An upper class family are terrorized by two psychopaths in their summer villa. That's the story, but it's not what the story is, it's how it's told.

I've condemned other movies for being manipulative and exploitative, such as The Woman or We Need to Talk About Kevin. Funny Games is also manipulative and exploitative, however it doesn't use those tactics simply for plot convenience but to tell you a tired and true message in the most visceral way possible, while The Woman used cheap manipulation to make you hate white men and We Need to Talk About Kevin used piss-poor parenting to make Kevin look like an evil mega-genius.

A reviewer on here noted that people who liked Hostel and Saw will probably enjoy this film, but I'd say it's quite the contrary. Those movies use a slap-dash mystery plot, extreme violence/gore, and some sort of resolution at the end, all the while entertaining you with the over-the-top deaths. Funny Games has no violence, almost no plot, and no resolution, it's all just sick mind games; and the reason it's so effective is because it sets up age-old slasher tactics to make the audience cheer for the family while booing and hissing at the bad guys. Instead of getting a nice happy resolution with maybe a few unimportant side-characters getting picked off in the process, Haneke makes you endure each agonizing second of the humiliation and torture and then gives you no pay-off, effectively s***ting on typical expectations. Then there's the infamous 'remote control' scene, where one of the bad guys gets shot then the other rewinds back far enough to save his buddies life and thwart (yet again) the families' retaliation, you wanted to see a family getting tortured? That's exactly what you're getting.

I've spent quite some time mulling this movie over, why I thought it was effective, what makes it a different type of manipulation, etc, and this movie still baffles angers and confuses me. As a film-lover that is a great thing, a movie made purely for you to hate and condemn, and if you're looking to be entertained you definately picked the wrong movie, but if you're looking for a brutal and sadistic experience (and I believe more people are then they would care to admit) and can look past what this movie is but what this movie evokes in people, than you can admire Funny Games for doing what it sets out to do without pulling any punches.

So next time you look at that low score, just consider what MIchael Haneke once said "If the film is a success, it will be because audiences misunderstood the meaning behind it".
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Initial post: Dec 20, 2012 2:00:13 PM PST
ezypzy says:
couldn't have said it better,people missed the whole point of the movie. I'm baffled people are giving this movie negative reviews for emotional challenging them,i would say bravo to the director for getting under my skin. Know one has mentioned this movie was in real time and had no musical score (besides the credits,& one other instance) which i felt played a major factor in torturing the audience. so fyi to everyone who hated this movie,not every bad situation has a fairy book tale ending.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2013 8:53:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2013 8:55:33 AM PDT
Great movie, chicken audience.

Personally, I think it aced the original.

Brilliant performances by Brady Corbet and Naomi Watts, by the way.

Don't get why you hate HARD CANDY, though. They'd make one hell of a double-bill.

Best of all, FUNNY GAMES is the uncredited remake of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2013 11:56:43 PM PDT
I'm Right says:
Hard Candy's message was much more basic and dumb, girl gets revenge on pedophile. Funny Game's message still sticks with me to this day. Also strange connection between FG and Virgina Woolf, but I guess that makes sense
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